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PITCHERS: 22
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

NRI PITCHERS: 11 
Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

NRI CATCHERS: 4  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

NRI INFIELDERS: 3 
David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 7
Kevin Alcantara
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 1 
* Owen Caissie  
 



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Jim Edmonds Makes Sense of Ozzie Guillen

Cubs centerfielder Jim Edmonds, whose return to St. Louis Friday night was honored by Cardinals fans if not by Tony La Russa, shared a revelation with Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times:

Edmonds would have been traded to the White Sox this past December if he hadn't exercised his right to block such a deal.

Edmonds said he got a call from St. Louis management in the week after the winter meetings in December...

"They told me I was traded to the White Sox, and that I had an hour to OK it, and I told them I needed more than that," said Edmonds, who had asked for a trade closer to his Southern California home after being told he didn't play a big part in the Cardinals' 2008 plans.

"I was sitting on the beach one day with my family, running around with my son, and they told me I had an hour to decide whether I wanted to play with the White Sox or not," he said.

It's unclear what the deal was, although the Cards were said to be interested in Juan Uribe at that time.

"I needed more time, and they kept pushing me and pushing me," he said, "and I said, I can't answer that question today, so obviously I guess I can say no."

The next day he was traded, with cash, to San Diego for infielder David Freese -- a deal he later says he was told by Padres officials had been worked out for weeks.

It seems to me that this story could explain the reaction of White Sox pinhead manager Ozzie Guillien a couple Saturdays ago, after the Cubs had beaten the White Sox, 11-7, in the second game of their series at Wrigley and Edmonds had homered twice in a nine-run fourth inning.

Said the pinhead Guillen after the game:

"He just had a good day..I don't want to promote the guy who's just hitting [.238 and stuff]. He just had a good day. Good for them. I think I'd rather have him out there than [Alfonso] Soriano."

Edmonds shuns the White Sox; Guillen offers a public dig at the first opportunity. Makes perfect sense to me. In fact, I think Chicago fans have seen this movie before.

Finally, speaking of players who wore both Cubs and Cardinals colors, ClassicAthletes.com catches up with one of my favorite Cubs ever, Don Kessinger, a six-time All-Star shortstop for the team between 1964 and 1975. Kessinger was traded to the Cardinals for the eminently forgettable Mike Garman following the '75 season, eventually ending up with White Sox in 1977 and becoming their player-manager in 1979, his last year in baseball.

 

 

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That story also helps to explain LaRussa's idiotic reaction yesterday as well. I know baseball is just a game, but do grown men (who also happen to be managers) have to act like children when things don't go their way? Jeebus, go play in yer sandboxes.

Maybe I've been watching too much election '08 coverage, but I can't help but wonder how much of this is PR. I mean seriously, at odds with Ozzie... now La Russa? And let's face it, Edmonds had serious issues with some Cub fans, specifically those "once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal" types. And when ticket sales are the reward, PR *does* matter. It's not just an afterthought. And I must say... between his hot streak at the plate and ostensibly hating Ozzie & La Russa... For me, it's working. I consider Edmonds a Cubbie.

I think LaRussa knew that this whole thing would cause the papers in both towns to say "LaRussa LaRussa LaRussa LaRussa LaRussa LaRussa Piniella LaRussa" instead of the other way around.

A lot of it is PR, no question about it; always happens during Cubs - Cardinal/Cubs - Sox series. But the thing is - Ozzie and LaRussa have been the ones shooting their mouths off at basically nothing, while Lou's been quiet and couldn't care less about issues that have nothing to do with the play on the field. LaRussa also seems to be forgetting that not only does Edmonds still own a restaurant in St. Louis, he still has a home there as well.

In addition to the usual suspects I mentioned a couple days ago - Meche, Bedard, CC, Wolf, Burnett - here are a couple more for discussion: Derek Lowe - at 36, he still has a mighty sinker that would be a terrific in Wrigley. We gave Coletti Maddux - maybe he'd return the favor? FA in 2009 Livan Hernandez - I was at Game 3 against the D-Backs. 'Nuf said. Unfortunately for the Cubs - ain't much more out there this year.

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In reply to by The E-Man

This is the story I was talking about E-Man. From June 9: Meche staying put Right-hander Gil Meche just laughs at those rumors circulating regarding a possible trade sending him to the Chicago Cubs. “How’s that going to happen?” he asked. Meche has a no-trade clause in his contract and said he hasn’t been asked to waive it. Furthermore, he has no interest in doing so. General manager Dayton Moore declined to comment on the rumor, but club officials privately dismissed it. One said, “If we’re going to make a run at this thing in 2010, how are we going to do it without Gil Meche?” Meche is in the second season of a five-year contract for $55 million. He has struggled for much of this season and enters tonight’s start against Texas at 3-8 with a 5.54 ERA. http://www.kansascity.com/sports/royals/story/656829.html

here is a trade to beat around cedeno,patterson,and pignatello for a.j. burnett and d. eckstein eckstein to back up theriot free agent next year burnett possible free agent. comments

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In reply to by rokfish

I cant see Toronto having much interest in Patterson as they have a 2b of the future in Aaron Hill and a load of OF talent. Pignatello at this point is a 26 yr old 4 A Loogy. I imagine in a trade for Burnett the Jays would want a combination of players that fix to sure up the left side of their IF, get a cheap pitcher who can hold down the 5 spot for them next year, a righty for lefty domiant bullpen, or power hitting 1b/DH guy. I could see something like: Cedeno/Marshall/Ascanio for Burnett As for backup SS I would rather get Aurilla as I want a solid RHPH more than a glove man out of that spot.

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In reply to by Little Nate Lewis

To me, Dave Weathers will always be right alongside McGriff as an emblem of the 2001 debacle. Maybe it's not rational, and Ruben Quevedo certainly didn't turn out to be any great shakes, but just the sight of him bothers me.

and is reporting the feeling among scouts on teams looking at Sabathia is that he has pitched his last game in an Indians uniform and that he will be a Brewer unless the Dodgers part with Matt Kemp in a deal. Personally I think a Either/Laroche or Hu/Meloan trade would be better than a Brewers deal without 2 of Escobar/Gamel/Laporta/Weeks.

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In reply to by Little Nate Lewis

Well, that wasn't my point (I was talking about Hendry's screwed up priorities that left us with a hole in centerfield, now filled, and a need for another frontline starter if we're serious about winning the division), but do you really think we'd go to the bother of obtaining Sabathia and then not pay him? -- just let him walk? Knowing Hendry he'd want someone he could re-sign. And if you recall, it was the glaring hole in center that prompted Lou to try Soriano out there and he injured himself. Hasn't really been the same since. April 16, 2007 Shortly after rejecting Cubs manager Lou Piniella's offer to switch from center field to left, Alfonso Soriano was forced to leave Monday's game against the Padres with a strained left hamstring.

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In reply to by navigator

well CF was taken care of...pie + RH platoon/hitting mate...plans were also made giving e.patterson and cedeno CF time both last year and during the winter. yes, YOU think pie sucks. big deal. yes, pie wasn't up to it...yes, something was done to patch it...yes, it's not been much of a hole all year. this isn't much of a new or unique thing for GMs to move on. hendry's made way bigger mistakes than giving a shot to a .300+ hitting AAA 23 year old and a "vet" backup. so have many GMs. what genius is supposed to move in and make every right move anyway? if you really need the best of everything money can buy there's some teams in the north-east really into that. most of the other teams have to work with payroll, and therefore talent, restrictions.

Ugh the priority was to improve the offense over the last couple years. Remember the lean years with top free agents and the Cubs coming up with nothing? Yeah we kinda of changed that the last 2 years getting Soriano and Fuku. And bitch about Soriano all you want, he single handedly put us in the playoffs last year and is a big reason we are 20 games over .500 now. He is an elite impact player on offense. And this team misses his bat in the lineup a great deal.

Don't forget that the commenter also obsesses with the W/L records on the team's minor league clubs. If a club's doing poorly, then Hendry sucks. If they're doing well, so what?

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  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Most of you have probably seen the game, but for anyone who might have missed it here are the Cubs pitcher reports from Friday's Cubs - White Sox game at Sloan Park... 

    JORDAN WICKS
    FB: 91-93 
    CT: 88-90 
    SL: 80-81 
    CH: 78-83 
    COMMENT: Threw 1.2 IP (40 pitches - 23 strikes - six swing & miss) and mixed-up his pitches well... FB velo went down a tick in his second inning of work... looked a bit fatigued in second inning... allowed two hits and no walks and struck out one... gave up an oppo-field line drive solo HR to a AA RH hitter on a 92 MPH FB... should have easily finished off second inning but made careless error on weak tap in front of mound on his 24th pitch of the inning with catcher running and then made another error trying to grip the ball to make a throw to 1st (only one error was charged of course)... he just looked gassed as he walked off the field...  

    HUNTER BIGGE
    FB: 95-98 
    CH: 87-88 
    SL: 81 
    COMMENT: Faced one batter (strikeout looking) to finish second inning... 8 pitches (5 strikes - no swing & miss)... showed high velo FB but couldn't command secondaries... has had shoulder issues off & on in minors... throws with infielder-type short-arm motion "out of his ear" (he was a two-way player -- 3B/RHP -- in college)...
       
    CALEB KILIAN:
    FB: 96-99
    CH: 84-86
    SL: 81-82 
    COMMENT: Threw two very efficient innings... dominant outing... needed only 24 pitches (16 strikes - six swing & miss)... 6 up / 6 down (K-swing on 98 FB, 4-3 GO on 98 FB, 5-3 GO on SL, 6-3 GO on 97 FB,  K-swing on 99 FB, and F-8 on SL)... held high FB velo in both innings (he was consistently sitting on 98 in both innings and he hit 99 once in each inning) and looked like he could have gone longer...  

    RICHARD LOVELADY
    FB: 89-92
    SL: 81-84 
    COMMENT: Your run of the mill generic FB/SL lefty reliever... had an easy 13-pitch (8 strikes) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both swinging) on low 90's FB and a weak pop fly to CF...  

    JOSE CUAS
    FB: 92-94 
    SL: 81-83 
    COMMENT: Threw a scoreless inning (20 pitches - 15 strikes - four swing & miss, two on FB and two on SL)... although he did strike out two -- both swinging -- and threw 75% strikes, he had some difficulty putting hitters away (eight foul balls among his 20 pitches)... allowed an infield single that probably would have been a 6-3 GO if an MLB player was playing SS (Jefferson Rojas did not play the ball aggressively and he was a half-step too late with his "casual" throw to 1st base)... 

    THOMAS PANNONE
    FB: 84-85 
    CH: 82 
    CV: 70-73 
    COMMENT: Soft-tossing lefty who throws a LOT of mid-80's cutters and a very slow CV... 13-pitch (10 strike) 1-2-3 inning with one K (looking) on a cutter... got three swing & miss, all on cutters...  

    BAILEY HORN
    FB: 92-95 
    SL: 85 
    CV: 78-79 
    COMMENT: Threw an 11-pitch (8 strikes - two swing & miss) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both looking)... broke three bats and induced some weak contact foul balls and a pathetic "mushy" pop fly(?) infield out that wasn't exactly a line drive and wasn't exactly a pop up either...    

    PORTER HODGE
    FB: 94-95 
    CT: 90-92 
    SL: 82-85 
    COMMENT: Threw a 21-pitch scoreless inning to finish off the game... surrendered a walk and a single but also induced a game-ending 6-4-3 DP... one strikeout (swinging) and that was his only swing & miss... he looked a bit uncomfortable on the mound (he seemed kind of hyper while warming up in the pen, too) and had major command issues with FB (threw only 8 strikes out of his 17 FB and went to ball three count on three of the four hitters he faced)... he would appear to be nowhere near ready for MLB and maybe not ready for AAA (yet) either...  

  • crunch (view)

    "is there anything new on cody bellinger since we started the interview?" - boog

    "sorry, i think we're going into a (commercial) break." - carter hawkins

    ...and laughs

  • crunch (view)

    only 2 "pitchcom broke, yo" delays in the game so far...

  • crunch (view)

    kilian out here throwing 98mph in february.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    While we're all speaking about Morel's 3B defense being good enough, his swing has gotten better.

    You could see it a little last fall. He didn't drop his hands behind his body as much (barred arm). But in videos from his Winter ball and this Feb in AZ you can tell he's keeping his hands tighter to his body. He's just stronger and able to have a tighter swing now. He'll be even quicker to the ball this way.

    Fun times.  

  • Cubster (view)

    Cubs vs Sox.

    Dodgers hold my beer. 6 run first including Morel 2 run HR.

  • crunch (view)

    PCA has blue hair...with a buzz cut...odd combo.  he's 2 dozen face tattoos away from being a mumble rapper.

  • crunch (view)

    these uniforms are hot garbage.  everything Fanatics touches turns to...well, hot garbage.

  • crunch (view)

    ...and then a homer.

  • JoePepitone (view)

    And right away, the first ball put in play goes to Morel at 3rd, who fields the grounder to his left and pegs out the runner on a good throw to first.